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The author unloading helicopter H551 on Mt. Hoffman, Yosemite National Park. (Photo by NPS)

Learning the ropes on the Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program

It’s a sunny day in May 2020 at the Crane Flat Helibase. Myself and four other “rookie” (new) rappelers have undergone days’ worth of ground… Continue reading

The author unloading helicopter H551 on Mt. Hoffman, Yosemite National Park. (Photo by NPS)
A vote-by-mail ballot box is photographed at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Administration building in Soldotna, Alaska, in October 2020. (Peninsula Clarion file)

Voices of the Peninsula: Sockeyes and voting

As sure as there are jumpers on the Kenai, candidate signs will be popping up. So, get ready!

A vote-by-mail ballot box is photographed at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Administration building in Soldotna, Alaska, in October 2020. (Peninsula Clarion file)
U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, is seen in this 2021 Empire file photo. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire file)

Alaska Voices: Project American leadership and resources to defend global democracy

We need to end our reliance on foreign fossil fuels TODAY.

U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, is seen in this 2021 Empire file photo. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire file)
Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Corri A. Feige.

Revisiting Ambler decision contradicts White House clean energy targets

The Ambler Mineral District was known even in 1980 as one of the richest mineral districts in the world

Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Corri A. Feige.
Mt. Chiginagak on Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge 30 miles southeast of Ugashik. (Photo by B. Wishnek/USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: Protecting Alaska from invasive species: A common goal near and far

Many regard Alaska for its wild and free landscapes and its importance to fish, wildlife, plants and people. However, while most Alaska landscapes are wild… Continue reading

Mt. Chiginagak on Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge 30 miles southeast of Ugashik. (Photo by B. Wishnek/USFWS)
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Opinion: Ukraine and the American divide that Putin inflamed

Those using aggression to divide are playing into Putin’s hand

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Minister’s Message: Judge with an eye toward oneself

To avoid judgmentalism and hypocrisy, we must look to a standard above our own.

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Meredith Harber (courtesy)

Minister’s Message: Cleaning house — for the spirit

Winter is a great time to think about the “bushel” of stuff that we have in our lives

Meredith Harber (courtesy)
The industrial area of Nikiski is seen from above. The area is the potential site of an LNG pipeline. (Photo/File/AJOC)

Alaska Voices: Unlocking national strategic, economic and climate achievements with Alaska LNG

Alaska is well positioned to remain a reliable provider of strategic clean energy for the next hundred years

The industrial area of Nikiski is seen from above. The area is the potential site of an LNG pipeline. (Photo/File/AJOC)
From left: Carley Rose Kelley; First Lady of Alaska Rose Dunleavy; Department of Corrections officer Sergeant Ken Noland and Alaska’s first Miss America pageant winner Emma Boyles, applaud Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s State of the State address on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Alaska Voices: Annual award pays tribute to Alaska’s volunteers

Please join me in recognizing deserving Alaskans by submitting a nomination for the the First Lady’s Volunteer Awards

From left: Carley Rose Kelley; First Lady of Alaska Rose Dunleavy; Department of Corrections officer Sergeant Ken Noland and Alaska’s first Miss America pageant winner Emma Boyles, applaud Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s State of the State address on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveils the People First Initiative, a sweeping effort to target domestic violence and sexual assault, missing and murdered Indigenous persons, human sex trafficking, foster care and homelessness, in a Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 news conference in Anchorage. The plan is a part of Dunleavy’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

Alaska Voices: Governor puts people first with budget proposal

The People First Initiative is transformational in thinking and approach

Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveils the People First Initiative, a sweeping effort to target domestic violence and sexual assault, missing and murdered Indigenous persons, human sex trafficking, foster care and homelessness, in a Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 news conference in Anchorage. The plan is a part of Dunleavy’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
A poll worker helps a voter with his ballot at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Voices of the Peninsula: Poll workers ensure election integrity

As a recent retiree, I was invited by a friend to work as an election worker in the November 2020 election

A poll worker helps a voter with his ballot at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
A recently hatched rufous-tailed hummingbird with one more egg to hatch. (Photo by T. Eskelin/USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: A mother’s work is never done

Bird nerd, bird geek and bird brain are just a few of the accolades I have acquired over the years. Of course, these labels were… Continue reading

A recently hatched rufous-tailed hummingbird with one more egg to hatch. (Photo by T. Eskelin/USFWS)
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Voices of Peninsula: How to spot fact from fiction

We hear so much about fake news these days. I decided to get to the bottom of this. I’ve learned that if we use social… Continue reading

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Voting rights in the Alaska Constitution

How did Alaska draft a state constitution? In Jack Coghill’s introduction in the Alaska State Constitution, the 1955 Territorial Legislature passed the Constitutional Convention Act… Continue reading

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A beautiful Arctic char caught while ice fishing on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Nate Perrine)

Refuge Notebook: Winter camping and ice fishing on the refuge

When people think of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, chances are the first thing that comes to mind is salmon fishing or some other activity… Continue reading

A beautiful Arctic char caught while ice fishing on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Nate Perrine)
Alex Koplin is a founding member of Kenai Peninsula Votes. (courtesy photo)

Rewarding story of an election worker

Being an election worker on the day of an election can be very rewarding. I did it a few years back, and had many experiences… Continue reading

Alex Koplin is a founding member of Kenai Peninsula Votes. (courtesy photo)
In this Empire file photo, the MV Tazlina heads in to dock in Juneau. The federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation is poised to bring a lot of money to Alaska for things like ferries, but when and how much isn’t yet known as many of the programs are new. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)

Young Alaskans thank our congressional delegation for delivering on infrastructure

On behalf of the next generation of Alaskans, we thank our congressional delegation for setting politics aside and delivering a critical win that will help… Continue reading

In this Empire file photo, the MV Tazlina heads in to dock in Juneau. The federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation is poised to bring a lot of money to Alaska for things like ferries, but when and how much isn’t yet known as many of the programs are new. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)
A hairy woodpecker on the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. Notice the bill is as long as the head? (Photo by Laurie Sheppard, USFWS National Digital Library)

Refuge Notebook: Woodpecker doppelgangers

I was listening to the distinct sound of a woodpecker drumming a few days ago and caught a flash of a black and white bird.… Continue reading

A hairy woodpecker on the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. Notice the bill is as long as the head? (Photo by Laurie Sheppard, USFWS National Digital Library)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a news conference at the Alaska State Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Infrastructure finance bill is a win-win for Alaska

As proposed, my administration’s GO bond proposal requires financing for about $325 million

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a news conference at the Alaska State Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)